Meet Mluleki Ndobe, who went from murder accused to KZN deputy-speaker

Meet Mluleki Ndobe, who went from murder accused to KZN deputy-speaker

- Mluleki Ndobe's appointment as the KwaZulu-Natal provincial legislature's deputy-speaker has raised some concerns

- This is because Ndobe had previously faced charges relating to the murder of Sindiso Magaqa

- The charges were later dropped, however

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Two months ago, Mluleki Ndobe faced murder charges. Now he's the deputy-speaker of the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Legislature.

Ndobe had been linked to the killing of Sindiso Magaqa, an ANC Youth League leader.

Opposition parties in the legislature have raised concerns about Ndobe's election.

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Ndobe was arrested on 17 March on charges related to Magaqa's murder. However, the charges were later dropped due to a lack of evidence, according to The South African.

Several members of the 80-person provincial legislature have expressed concern about Ndobe serving as deputy -speaker, as this is one of the most powerful offices in the Legislature, has gathered.

Indeed, the DA has explicitly complained about Ndobe's appointment to such a senior position after being linked to a murder. The party's Zwakele Mncwango slammed Ndobe's appointment, saying it was unacceptable that he had been given such an influential role while there was a "cloud hanging over him".

"I think their stance was below the belt," Mncwango said.

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Nevertheless, the DA's complaints have no power to remove or even sanction Ndobe. Only the ANC has the ability to do so and, at this point, it has not said that it sees anything wrong with Ndobe's appointment.

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